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  • Writer's pictureRyan Poirier

Staying Ahead of Tax Law Changes: The Proposed Guaranteed Bonus Standard Deduction

As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), my role extends beyond the preparation of tax returns and financial statements. One of my key responsibilities is to stay informed about the latest tax law developments and understand how these changes might impact my clients. One such development that has recently caught my attention is the proposed Guaranteed Bonus Standard Deduction.

This proposal, put forth by the House GOP, is designed to temporarily increase the standard tax deduction, providing potential tax relief to middle-income taxpayers. However, like many legislative proposals, its implications are complex and subject to debate.

Analyses from the Tax Policy Center and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) suggest that while the increase could result in modest tax cuts for most households, these gains could potentially turn into small tax increases in 2025 when the bonus deduction is set to expire. Furthermore, ITEP's analysis indicates that the poorest fifth of Americans would receive just 2% of the benefits of this provision, with an average tax break of just $30 next year.

These findings underscore the importance of staying informed about tax law changes. As your CPA, I am committed to monitoring these developments closely and understanding their potential impact on your financial situation. My goal is to ensure that you are equipped with the most accurate and up-to-date information, enabling you to make informed decisions about your taxes.

Given the current political divides in Congress, it's uncertain whether the bonus standard deduction will gain bipartisan support. However, there is hope that some year-end bipartisan tax legislation addressing key tax changes involving R&D expenses and 1099-K online seller relief will eventually pass.

Rest assured, I will continue to keep a close eye on these and other developments in tax law. As your CPA, I am here to navigate these complexities on your behalf, ensuring that you are well-positioned to respond to any changes in the tax landscape. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns about how these changes could affect your tax situation.

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